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Singing Away Poverty

The African Childrens Choir

In Nkomazi Mpumalang, an area devastated by unemployment and HIV/ AIDS, a group of children between the ages of 7 to 12 are making a difference by raising awareness with their angelic voices and bringing care and education to the many orphan-led families and afflicted children needing help in this region.

The African Children’s Choir, originally founded in Uganda in 1984, focuses on taking children who are victims of extreme poverty and providing them with the necessary life- skills while teaching them the art of music.

The initiative has blossomed into a vibrant collection of educational programs and partnerships with local schools and based on the success over the years, the choir is responsible for bringing life to their communities by funding eight “Music for Life Centers” where music and dance, tutoring, life- skills training, and food are offered to over 400 children weekly.

The Choir relies on funding by doing worldwide tours each lasting between a year and a year and a half.

Memorable tours include singing at the British House of Commons and the Pentagon as well as performing at some of the world’s most prestigious halls, including the Royal Albert Hall, the London Palladium, the International Club of Berlin and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium.

The third Choir from Nkomazi- the 33rd African Children’s Choir – will begin a European and UK tour in June, 2009.


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